Don’t miss these movies, tv, and books celebrating fictional female friendship. Celebrate Galentine’s Day because ladies celebrating ladies is ALWAYS good.
Mary Carver, from The Couch podcast, joins us to share her favorite movie & tv friendships while I bring my stack of fictional female friendships that will inspire your next holiday.
What is Galentine’s Day?
This holiday was inspired by Amy Poehler’s fictional celebration highlighted in Season 2, Episode 16. Parks and Recreation.
As the ladies toast to this occasion, she shares these sentiments, “Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast style,” she explains. “Ladies celebrating ladies.”
Following this advice, we encourage you to celebrate this joyous occasion on February 13th with a few fun ideas we have gathered today.
How Do I Host Galentine’s Day?
For Galentine’s Day, gifts are NOT NECESSARY because that is not the goal of this holiday. This is about celebrating those bonds in simple ways that get us off social media and back to connecting in person.
Try these four celebration ideas:
Host a book club brunch:
Invite your friends for a delicious brunch and pair it with a great friendship story!
This post shares 13 books about friendship you’ll love for Galentine’s Day that include historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and nonfiction reads all around the bonds of female empowerment and weathering the happy & hard seasons together. I believe they are the best picks for a dynamic book club discussion.
If you are looking for some great brunch recipes for a crowd, this sausage and vegetable frittata, a side of these roasted potatoes, and my homemade granola with yogurt would be a really easy menu to execute. If you want to try it Leslie Knope-style, these overnight yeast waffles couldn’t be easier or fluffier.
Host a manicure date: Offer the nail polish and tools (or have friends bring their own) and make it a point to catch up on each other’s lives. Olive & June is our family’s go-to favorite for pretty manicures at home & you can use this link for twenty percent off your kits & polishes.
If you provide polish, keep things budget-friendly with coffee, tea, and some treats from a favorite bakery.
Host a Jigsaw Puzzle Date: Embrace the TV and movie suggestions from today’s podcast and pair them with a jigsaw puzzle for a fun way to gather.
If you need a fresh jigsaw puzzle recommendation, these are our top picks for unique jigsaw puzzles for adults. Better yet, use this gathering as an opportunity to start a puzzle swap so you have “new” puzzles all year long.
Volunteer together: If you haven’t volunteered with your friends, you are missing out on the most wonderful Galentine’s experience of them all.
Not only do you have the joy of being together, but it is combined with the high of doing something so good for your community.
The Galentine’s Day Entertainment Recommendations You Need Now (podcast)
Looking for other ways to celebrate? We have many fun ideas for celebrating through books, movies, and tv on our podcast this week. Mary Carver is a regular contributor on MomAdvice and the host of The Couch With Mary Carver. Her podcast is for you if you love TV, movies, music, and books.
Mary Carver joined the Book Gang podcast to discuss her favorite fictional friendship stories in our celebration episode.
Listen to the full episode below and subscribe to the Book Gang podcast for more episodes like this one. Today’s show notes are below.
This episode offers tips and tricks for celebrating, as well as some insight into how to love your friends well ALL YEAR LONG .
On the Blog:
Don’t miss today’s SPECIAL BONUS ARTICLE with 13 Friendship Stories You’ll Love for Galentine’s Day! This extends today’s book selections with a fantastic idea for a nonfiction pick as well as a collection of classic friendship stories that would be great to revive for a backlist book club.
Mary also catches us up on New Family Movies from 2022 to Watch Now! Don’t miss this bonus with ideas for streaming this weekend.
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